CHECK YOUR HEAD is a podcast where notable musicians and experts share their personal stories and real-world solutions for mental health.
Launched in 2019 and Executive Produced and Hosted by Mari Fong, a seasoned music journalist and certified Life Coach for Musicians, CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast, has hosted open, honest and intimate conversations about mental health, wellness and recovery with the likes of Gilby Clarke (Guns N’ Roses), Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL, Late Night with Seth Meyers), The Bloody Beetroots, Frank Zummo (SUM 41) Emilio Castillo (Tower Of Power), Yesod Williams (Pepper), Sammi Doll (IAMX, Kat Von D), Danny Griego and Shaun Morgan (Seether), Kevin Lyman (Vans Warped Tour) and most recently, the iconic Linda Ronstadt.
Listen to this week’s special Valentine’s Day episode with Linda Ronstadt and Dr. Ish Major (Psychiatrist, “Marriage Boot Camp”) here: www.checkyourheadpodcast.com
Top mental health experts are paired with each episode such as Dr. Dan Reidenberg (SAVE.org), Michael Friedman, Ph.D. (Psychology Today), Dr. Ish Major (Relationship expert, “Marriage Boot Camp”), Johan Svanberg (Record Union, “The 73 Percent Report”) and Tim Ringgold, MT-BC (Music Therapist, Sonic Recovery).
Fong says, “When I first heard the news in 2017 that Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave) had lost his life to suicide, the news hit me hard. Then when Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) took his own life and soon after AVICII (Tim Bergling) did the same, I just couldn’t believe it.”
She adds, “Here were artists whose music brought me and many others so much joy, and now they were gone. I knew I had to do something, but something that would actually make a difference.”
That “something” was to become an advocate for musicians and their
mental health. Fong raised funds by hosting music events and partnering
with charities to help provide solutions to the increasing crisis of suicides,
self-medicating addictions, and other mental health challenges faced within
the music industry.
Now with 19 episodes and counting under her belt, and an ever-growing audience tuning in, Fong and her CHECK YOUR HEAD Podcast continue on with the important mission of normalizing the conversations around mental health.
CHECK YOUR HEAD is fiscally sponsored by DBSA San Gabriel Valley, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with all donations tax-deductible.